- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 4, 2004

Last night at Philips Arena in Atlanta:

KEY TO THE GAME

The Wizards scored 36 points and made 66.7 percent of their shots in the first quarter, which turned the final 36 minutes of the game into a glorified scrimmage.

QUOTABLE

“I’ll just walk around on the plane, drink a lot of fluids. I really feel good.”

— Wizards coach Eddie Jordan, recently hospitalized for a blood clot in his left leg, on getting through the flight to the West Coast in two weeks.

SEEN AND HEARD

Reserve guard Steve Blake did not make the trip because of continuing soreness in his left foot from a strained arch. “He had it re-examined, and it was determined that it would be better not to travel,” Jordan said.

Blake missed the first eight games of the season as he recovered from surgery to his left ankle. He was activated from the injured list Nov. 20 but clearly has not been himself since coming back. In the five games since, Blake has played in just two for a combined six minutes. He did not leave the bench in the previous three games against Philadelphia, Toronto and New Jersey.

John N. Mitchell

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